Staff Correspondent

`Neglect by governments have led to several districts in north Karnataka remaining backward'

  • Governments accused of neglecting north Karnataka
  • Call to implement recommendations for growth of Kannada

    BELLARY: Implementation of the recommendations of the Dr. D.M. Nanjundappa Committee on Redressal of Regional Imbalance was the only solution to prevent division of the State, according to Mr. K.B. Hanumantharaya, a writer.

    He was inaugurating "Hesaragali Kannada," a Suvarna Samvada Goshti organised as part of the "Suvarana Samskruti Dibbana" being organised to mark the golden jubilee celebrations of the unification of the State at Dr. Joladarashi Doddanagowda Rangamandir here on Monday. Ittagi Eeranna, poet, presided over the function.

    Neglect by successive governments and politicians had resulted in several districts in north Karnataka remaining backward even after 50 years of unification. It had forced the people of north Karnataka, especially of Hyderabad-Karnataka region, to demand separate Statehood. "People demanding separate Statehood and announcing that they will hoist a separate flag on Karnataka Rajyotsava day is a dangerous trend. The Government can take steps to develop the backward region by implementing the Nanjundappa Committee recommendations in toto," he said.

    Mr. Hanumantharaya underlined the need to implement all the pro-Kannada recommendations made by various committees on providing employment to Kannadigas, besides initiating steps to implement Kannada in administration and develop the border areas.

    Mrutyunjaya Rumale, lecturer of Vijayanagar College, Hospet, said that he was at a loss to understand why Kannada, which was an ancient language and had enjoyed prime position for long, was not being granted classical status.